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  • Sony film mess reflects gadgets-entertainment gap Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 2:05 AM ET

    TOKYO— Sony's iconic gadgetry and the star appeal of Hollywood may have appeared to be a perfect match when the electronics giant bought Columbia Pictures in 1989. A quarter century later, it's apparent that Sony Corp. has not attained the magic synergy it was hoping for. The stolid silence of Sony's Tokyo headquarters over the hoopla surrounding Sony...

  • SEOUL, Dec 26- Global smartphone leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning a new product launch next year based on its own Tizen operating system, the South Korean giant's strategic push to free itself from Android and blaze its own software path. While that may impress designers of smart homes, Samsung's failure to release a handset based on its own...

  • Capacity crowds pack screenings of 'The Interview' Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 3:02 PM ET

    Hundreds of theaters Thursday, from The Edge 8 in Greenville, Alabama, to Michael Moore's Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan, made special holiday arrangements for the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. But with President Obama among others criticizing the decision, Sony officials changed...

  • NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 cinemas across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing sell-out audiences in many theaters where outspoken patrons said they were championing freedom of expression. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 25- "The Interview," the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in midnight screenings in a smattering of U.S. cinemas on Christmas Day, drawing moviegoers who said they supported the studio's decision to stand up to efforts to censor the low-budget comedy. Seth Rogen, who co-stars in the film...

  • Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 12:57 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Its Christmas Day release was canceled by Sony after threats of violence by hackers linked to North Korea. Sony released "The Interview" Wednesday on a variety of digital platforms— Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 24- Google Inc's decision to screen Sony Pictures' film "The Interview" may help legitimize its YouTube platform as a serious rival to paid video streaming services, Netflix and Amazon.com Inc. Sony Pictures made the controversial film available online on Wednesday, expanding distribution of a comedy that triggered a destructive...

  • The film was available for rental on Google Inc's YouTube site as of early Wednesday afternoon. Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before the hastily scheduled premiere at some 320 independent theaters. He added that Sony had first reached out to Google, Microsoft "and other partners" on Dec. 17, the day the studio said it had no future...

  • Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, a day before its scheduled premiere at some 320 independent theaters. He added that Sony had first reached out to Google, Microsoft "and other partners" on Dec. 17, the day the studio said it was canceling the movie's Christmas Day release. The showing is a chance for Google and Microsoft, which have been bit...

  • Where to watch 'The Interview' online Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 2:47 PM ET

    The online release comes a day after the studio reversed its previous decision not to show the movie after hackers stole internal documents and emails from Sony. In "The Interview," Seth Rogen and James Franco play journalists tasked by the CIA with killing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Buy or rent the film from Google Inc.' s platform.

  • ( (Adds comment from Google and White House). Microsoft Corp and Sony itself are also showing the comedy, the studio said, a day after agreeing to release it at some 200 independent theaters. The showing is a chance for Google and Microsoft, which have been bit players in a VOD market dominated by Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and cable and satellite operators, to raise their...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 24- Sony Pictures will make its controversial comedy, "The Interview," available starting on Wednesday through online video platforms run by Google Inc, Microsoft Corp and Sony itself, the studio said. Sony, which just last week canceled the release of the comedy- about two TV talk show hosts who are sent to North Korea to assassinate its leader Kim...

  • 'The Interview' to be released online Wednesday Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    A YouTube ad in the New York City subway.

    Sony will release its controversial film "The Interview" online Wednesday, with $5.99 rentals available from a variety of sites.

  • Dec 24- Google Inc said on Wednesday it weighed the security implications of screening the Sony Pictures film, "The Interview," a comedy whose depiction of the assassination of North Korea's leader was blamed for a massive cyberattack. Google said Sony had begun contacting a number of companies a week ago about making the film available online.

  • Sony statement on the on-demand release of 'The Interview' Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 12:26 PM ET

    "It has always been Sony's intention to have a national platform on which to release this film," said Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton. "With that in mind, we reached out to Google, Microsoft and other partners last Wednesday, December 17th, when it became clear our initial release plans were not possible. The statement continued: "I want to thank Google and...

  • Sony broadly releases 'The Interview' in reversal of plans Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Amid a swell of controversy, backlash, confusion and threats, Sony Pictures broadly released "The Interview" online Wednesday— an unprecedented counterstroke against the hackers who spoiled the Christmas opening of the comedy depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "It has always been Sony's intention to have a national...

  • Dec 24- Google Inc's YouTube unit has tentatively agreed to distribute the Sony Pictures film "The Interview," at the center of a destructive cyberattack, offering online rentals beginning on Thursday, CNN reported. Representatives for YouTube, Google and Sony were not immediately available for comment. Sony, which has lined up some 200 independent theaters to...

  • The secret business of tracking Santa Claus Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    Santa tracking: What began as a mistake by Sears has become a competition between two of the technology world's biggest companies.

  • These apps can help find the best shopping deals Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:12 AM ET
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    You've gotten your Christmas presents, but here are some apps that can help you get the best deals for gifts to yourself.

  • Patent risk firm RPX to buy ‘Rockstar’ assets Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014 | 8:08 AM ET
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    Patent risk management company RPX announced a deal to buy out the bulk of the assets owned by patent consortium Rockstar.